Terrace Hill Open Space hike San Luis Obispo California Terrace Hill Loop
An interesting chain of conical volcanoes, or volcanic plugs called the Morros, graces San Luis Obispo County. Terrace Hill is one of the smaller and harder to identify Morros within the city of San Luis Obispo County. Unlike the other Morros, Terrace Hill has a broad flat summit. The top of the hill was removed for use as construction material in the 1920s, leaving behind a flat mesa-like... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Morros
Distance: 0.55 miles · Elevation change: 110 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 2, 2017
M Trail Cerro San Luis Madonna Mountain Hike to the M Cerro San Luis Obispo California
From downtown San Luis Obispo, it's easy to spot the large white “M” on the side of nearest mountain, Cerro San Luis. If you've looked up at the “M,” you may have wondered what it's like to look down from that big white letter. Find out on a 1.9-mile hike that goes right up to the “M.” You can also visit the Mission Prep High School “M” as... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Morros
Distance: 1.9 miles · Elevation change: 560 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 24, 2018
Black Hill Trail Morro Bay State Park San Luis Obispo hike California Morros Nine Sisters Black Mountain
Of all the Morros in San Luis Obispo County, Black Hill is the easiest to summit (even easier than Islay Hill. This 661-foot volcanic peak in Morro Bay State Park can be reached by hiking 0.6 miles round trip up a dirt single track with 190 feet of elevation gain and views over the city of Morro Bay. For those looking for more, there are longer hikes to the summit starting farther down Black... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Morro Bay · Morro Bay State Park · Morros · Ocean Views · Summits
Distance: 0.6 miles · Elevation change: 190 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 14, 2017
Morro Strand Trail Morro Strand State Beach Morro Rock Cloisters Park Cloisters Wetlands San Luis Obispo Morro Bay California beach hike stroll walk sand lagoon central coast
Morro Rock is an iconic landmark on California's Central Coast. Located north of San Luis Obispo, the 578-foot tall mass of volcanic rock rises above of the Pacific Ocean, separating the inviting sands of Morro Strand State Beach from the blue waters of Morro Bay Harbor. Starting from a protected coastal wetland along Highway One in Morro Bay, this easy beach hike crosses sand dunes into... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Morro Bay · Morros · Ocean Views
Distance: 3.5 miles · Elevation change: 25 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 16, 2018
Cerro Cabrillo Peak Morro Bay State Park San Luis Obispo California Nine Sister hike trail Tiki Rock
Nine principle volcanic plugs are spread between the central coast cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. The 911-foot Cerro Cabrillo (or Cabrillo Peak) is the third of the Nine Sisters from the west after Morro Rock and Black Hill. The summit of Cerro Cabrillo is the highest point in Morro Bay State Park, offering panoramic oceanfront views.  The unmaintained trail to the summit passes... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Morro Bay · Morro Bay State Park · Morros · Ocean Views · Off Trail · Summits
Distance: 2.5 miles · Elevation change: 900 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 7, 2017
Islay Hill Trail San Luis Obispo Islay Hill Open Space hike Morros Nine Sisters SLO
Islay Hill stands at the eastern end of the chain of volcanic plugs running across San Luis Obispo. If Bishop Peak is the most iconic Morro, than Islay Hill is about the easiest to hike (with the exception of Black Hill). The dome-shaped 776-foot summit is more mound than mountain, but you will find 550 feet of elevation gain on the 1.8-mile round trip hike to the top. Since Islay Hill is... Read more.
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Distance: 1.8 miles · Elevation change: 550 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 24, 2018
Lemon Grove Loop Trail San Luis Obispo hike Cerro San Luis Madonna Mountain Lemon Grove Trail Hike
This 2.2-mile loop explores a 120-acre open space between Cerro San Luis and downtown San Luis Obispo. With just three hundred feet of elevation gain, this is a quick hike on its own, or an easy extension to the steeper trek up Cerro San Luis. The abandoned lemon grove that gives the trail its name is less exciting than it sounds, but the views over this city are rewarding. Begin hiking... Read more.
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Distance: 2.2 miles · Elevation change: 300 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 25, 2017
Cerro San Luis Mountain Summit trail San Luis Obispo Hike Madonna Mountain
Located just west of downtown San Luis Obispo, the 1,292-foot Cerro San Luis (or San Luis Mountain) offers sweeping views over the city and surroundings. Cerro San Luis is a member of the Morros, or Nine Sisters, a chain of prominent volcanic peaks stretching east from Morro Bay. These beautiful peaks set the postcard-like backdrop for San Luis Obispo and are excellent places to hike. ... Read more.
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Distance: 4 miles · Elevation change: 1100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 24, 2018
Bishops Peak Bishop Peak summit hike San Luis Obispo County Nine Sisters volcanic Morros Bishop's peak
Sometimes called Bishop's Peak, but more formally known as Bishop Peak, this mountain is the most sought after summit in San Luis Obispo. Bishop Peak is the tallest of the Nine Sisters, the picturesque volcanic Morros stretching across San Luis Obispo. The iconic mountain has a rocky crown shaped like a bishop's miter, which provides panoramic views over the city and nearby peaks. The... Read more.
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Tagged with · Bishop Peak Natural Reserve · Bouldering · Free Trails · Morros · Summits
Distance: 3.5 miles · Elevation change: 950 feet
By: Published: Last updated: February 7, 2018
San Luis Mountain Hike Laguna Lake Park Cerro San Luis Obispo Madonna Mountain Trail
Located just west of downtown San Luis Obispo, the 1,292-foot Cerro San Luis (or San Luis Mountain) offers sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and other peaks in the Morros, the chain of mountains that Cerro San Luis is a part of. The Morros, or Nine Sisters, are a line of prominent volcanic peaks between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. These beautiful peaks set the postcard-like... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Lakes · Morros · Summits · Wildflowers
Distance: 5.7 miles · Elevation change: 1150 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 2, 2017

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